Specialist Clinical Pharmacist – Infectious Diseases & COVID Services

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£49,036 – £55,049 a year
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We are looking for 2 experienced and enthusiastic pharmacists to join our team who are looking to develop their clinical and leadership skills in a dynamic service. These posts will provide a new opportunity for the successful candidates to develop their skills in quality improvement and work collaboratively to deliver on newly introduced pathways and ensure that they are clinically safe. Please note there are two posts available, one 12 month fixed term position and one permanent position”. These posts, and others in development within the Infectious Diseases & COVID Services Team, will form part of a dynamic and flexible team in delivering a patient-focused, safe, clinically and cost-effective service supporting clinical leads and staff across our Trust and wider health-system in the management of patients with/at risk of infectious diseases, including (but not limited to):
  • support to the delivery of pharmacy services to other patients with/at risk of infectious diseases across the wider GSTT footprint
  • support to the delivery of pharmacy services to the Trust’s Respiratory High Consequence Infectious Diseases Unit
  • management and delivery of COVID-19-specific treatments including neutralising monoclonal antibodies (nMAbs) and COVID-19-specific antivirals
  • mass delivery of COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations
As a key part of these roles you will be responsible for the safe and effective management of antimicrobial use and stewardship as part of the wider Infectious Diseases & COVID Services Pharmacy team. These positions will form part of a rotational clinical pharmacist programme within the Infectious Diseases & COVID Services team and will include rotations through the different areas described above. The role will focus on the pharmaceutical, clinical and quality aspects of the above services, in addition to providing robust governance on the safe and secure handling and management of these medicines. Directorate of Infection The Directorate of Infection (DoI) includes the Department of Infectious Diseases, providing clinical care to both in-patients (either by direct patient management or consult/referral) and out-patients (via multiple well-established ID clinics) across both main Trust sites. The Directorate also includes the Trust’s well-respected and nationally recognised Department of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), and hosts the Centre for Clinical Infection and Diagnostics Research, as well as being co-located with the main Infection Sciences and Virology laboratories on the St. Thomas’ site. COVID Services The Vaccination Programme, which was formed in December 2020, is one of leading Vaccination Programmes within the UK. To date we have delivered 850,000+ vaccinations to a range of patients within London. We are one of the largest directorates within Guys & St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, working across all hospital sites as well as within the community, including schools and other outreach services. We have a staff base of over 500 staff from a range of different backgrounds. The Directorate is also responsible for leading the newly formed COVID Medicines Delivery Unit, providing antiviral or neutralising monoclonal antibody treatments for high risk patients with COVID. The service has received over 3000 referrals since its formation in December 2021 delivering treatment to over 400 patients. The post-holder will be responsible for:
  • providing specialist pharmaceutical clinical advice and guidance to the Infectious Diseases and COVID Services teams;
  • facilitating, developing and implementing plans or processes to support continuous improvement;
  • ensuring continued safe, effective, and efficient delivery of pharmaceutical services to the Infectious Diseases and COVID Services teams
The role may also require collaborative working with external stakeholders such as NHSE&I, other Acute Trust Providers, South East London Integrated Care Board staff, NHS London staff, and UKHSA.